Cal Dive Files for Chapter 11

TODAY: March 5, 2015 PUB DATE: March 4, 2015

By Josh Beckerman Cal Dive International Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, planning to operate normally while it looks to reorganize or sell its core subsea contracting business. The company sends divers under water to install and repair ...

Dollar Unchanged Against Yen, Euro Ahead of Jobs Data, ECB

TODAY: March 5, 2015 PUB DATE: March 4, 2015

By Hiroyuki Kachi The dollar remained unchanged against the yen and the euro Wednesday in Asia trade, with investors sidelined ahead of key events and data later this week including U.S. jobs data. Around 0450 GMT, the dollar was at ...

India Joins the Easing Party in Bid to Weaken Rupee

TODAY: March 5, 2015 PUB DATE: March 4, 2015

By Anjani Trivedi The Reserve Bank of India joined other central banks Wednesday in voicing concerns about a strong currency as it cut interest rates for the second time this year. Central banks have been easing monetary policy in recent ...

Indian Shares Rise on Rate Cut, Rest of Asia Mixed -- Update

TODAY: March 5, 2015 PUB DATE: March 4, 2015

By Chao Deng Stocks in India rose to a fresh high Wednesday after the country's central bank surprised markets with another interest-rate cut. The S&P; BSE Sensex hit 30,024.74, surpassing a previous record of 29,844.16 from Jan. 30, after the ...

European Stocks Retrace Early Gains

TODAY: March 5, 2015 PUB DATE: March 4, 2015

European stocks retraced early gains on Wednesday, pressured by slightly softer-than-expected economic data in the region. Having opened around 0.3% higher, the Stoxx Europe 600 sagged into the red after the eurozone's composite Purchasing Managers Index for February was revised ...

Turkey's Lira Slumps to Record Low Amid Rate Cut Expectations

TODAY: March 5, 2015 PUB DATE: March 4, 2015

ISTANBUL--Turkey's currency the lira slumped to a record low against the dollar on Wednesday as political pressure on the central bank and expectations of premature interest-rate cuts fueled a selloff for a sixth consecutive day. The currency dropped by 0.5% ...

HSBC Hong Kong February PMI Rises to 50.7; One-Year High

TODAY: March 5, 2015 PUB DATE: March 4, 2015

By Chester Yung HONG KONG--The HSBC Hong Kong Purchasing Managers Index touched a one-year high in February as new orders and output rose, signaling an improving business environment in the city's private sector. HSBC said Wednesday that February's manufacturing PMI ...

Press Release: NMI(R) at 56.9%; February -2-

TODAY: March 5, 2015 PUB DATE: March 4, 2015

The 13 industries reporting growth of business activity in February -- listed in order -- are: Transportation & Warehousing; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Utilities; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Wholesale Trade; Management of Companies & Support Services; Arts, Entertainment ...

Fed Releases Transcripts of 2009 Policy Deliberations

TODAY: March 5, 2015 PUB DATE: March 4, 2015

The Federal Reserve this morning released transcripts of its 2009 policy meetings, documenting fully for the first time its internal debates at turning points in the financial crisis that nearly wrecked the U.S. economy. Central bank officials began 2009 in ...

Fed Releases Transcripts of 2009 Policy Deliberations

TODAY: March 5, 2015 PUB DATE: March 4, 2015

By Jon Hilsenrath The Federal Reserve this morning released transcripts of its 2009 policy meetings, documenting fully for the first time its internal debates at turning points in the financial crisis that nearly wrecked the U.S. economy. Central bank officials ...

U.S. Government Bonds Rise

TODAY: March 5, 2015 PUB DATE: March 4, 2015

By Min Zeng U.S. government bonds rose on Wednesday for the first time this week as a disappointing labor-market report boosted demand for haven assets. Private payrolls in the U.S. added 212,000 jobs in February, according to the national employment ...

ADP: Private Businesses Added 212K Jobs in February

TODAY: March 5, 2015 PUB DATE: March 4, 2015

Business hiring remained modest last month, as expected by economists, according to an employment survey released Wednesday. Private payrolls in the U.S. increased by 212,000 jobs in February, says the national employment report compiled by payroll processor Automatic Data Processing ...

Canada Monetary Reserves Down $69 Million in February from January

TODAY: March 5, 2015 PUB DATE: March 4, 2015

By Carolyn King Canada's official international reserves decreased $69 million last month, the country's Finance Department reported. At Feb. 27, Canada's reserves of foreign currencies, gold and other monetary assets totaled $74.768 billion, down from $74.837 billion a month earlier. ...

Bank of Canada Leaves Key Interest Rate Unchanged -- Update

TODAY: March 5, 2015 PUB DATE: March 4, 2015

By Nirmala Menon OTTAWA--Canada's central bank left its key interest rate unchanged at 0.75% Wednesday, calling the monetary stimulus currently in place "still appropriate" and sounding a less-dovish-than-expected note on future rate moves. Financial conditions have eased materially since the ...

CURRENCIES: U.S. Dollar Hits 11-year High Against Euro

TODAY: March 5, 2015 PUB DATE: March 4, 2015

By Joseph Adinolfi, MarketWatch Swiss franc weakened as rumors of a new SNB currency cap swirled NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. dollar hit an 11-year high against the euro Wednesday after pushing through a key technical threshold, shrugging off ...

George Says Fed Should Raise Rates in Middle of the Year

TODAY: March 5, 2015 PUB DATE: March 4, 2015

By MICHAEL S. DERBY NEW YORK--Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther George wants to see the U.S. central bank start raising short-term interest rates at some point over the summer, worrying that if Fed doesn't get moving soon ...

Poland's Central Bank Slashes Rates to Combat Deflation Risk

TODAY: March 5, 2015 PUB DATE: March 4, 2015

WARSAW--Poland's central bank slashed its main interest rate by 50 basis points to 1.50%, the lowest on record, in response to persistent declines in consumer prices. However, the bank said the cut, which was bigger than expected, was the last ...